In a nutshell: A well balanced and subtly hoppy German lager from the Mönchshof Brauerei in Kulmbach, Bavaria.
The lowdown: Landbier is a term traditionally used, particularly among the small breweries of Franconia, for their own 'house' lager and the recipes tended to vary from one brewery to the next. Monchshof's version is an easy drinking, light, fruity and well balanced lager with a clean and crisp hoppy finish.
Mönchshof is a German word for 'Monastery' which is where the original brewing activities started all the way back in 1349 in the city of Kulmbach in the Upper Franconia region of Bavaria. In the 1980s it became a part of the larger Kulmbacher Brauerei which has a number of other brands under its ownership. However the extensive Mönchsof range of beers remain one of their most imoprtant labels, especially in export markets. They have their own beerhall and museum in the centre of Kulmbach.